thumping NYC today (Sunday 9/20/09)

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On Sunday, September 20th, as part of the Conflux City Festival, we’ll spread out over Manhattan’s East Village in search of the best thumping noises around Conflux Headquarters.

Duration: approx. 2.5 hours: 1:45pm – 4:15pm Sunday Sept. 20
* 1:45pm START under the scaffolding outside Conflux HQ (34 Stuyvesant St). Please bring a digital camera or phone that can record video with sound. Look for signs or t-shirts with the thumping fist stencil!
* 2:00pm Spread out around the neighborhood or further, in search of good thumping locations. Record the best ones you find.
* 3:45pm Gather at De Robertis Cafe (176 1st Av @ 11th St) to share videos, pastries, and coffee.

(mailing list archive) the thumping guide to new york city (and more)

Bonk! Clang! Thud! I’d like to announce a new project I’m working on, in association with the Conflux Festival <> and their Conflux City event <> – this is for all of you who can’t resist thumping on all the shiny protrusions, poles, and appurtenances you pass as you walk along the city sidewalks. The Thumping Guide to NYC is a collaborative map of all the best sounds to be made in the city with your fists. It’s just getting started, and, if you’re in NYC, I need your help to fill out the map! It’s all at

And here’s some other stuff that’s going on!

My daily photo project with Keira Chang continues, though sometimes we get a few days behind updating the site:
My collaborative twitter sonnet for the Brooklyn Museum of Art wrapped up at the end of July- dozens of museum members collaborated in writing the poem.

I’m going to be installing some of my mechanical music machines at the Museum of Children’s Art in Oakland, CA on Sunday September 27th, as part of the 12th Annual Festival of Music for People and Thingamajigs. (Yes, Thingamajigs!) More info at

And finally, I’m going to Japan in October! Any advice or recommendations would be welcome!

– ranjit